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Vote for Women

Vote for Women

On 19 September, 1893 New Zealand became the first self-governing country to grant the right to vote to all adult women. In 1893 Kate Sheppard and her fellow suffragists gathered the signatures of nearly 32,000 women to demonstrate the groundswell of support for their cause. A 270-m-long petition – then the largest ever presented to Parliament – was unrolled across the chamber of the House with dramatic effect. Despite the opposition of Premier Richard Seddon, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by both houses of Parliament and became law on 19 September. The news took New Zealand by storm and inspired suffrage movements all over the world. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/people/kate-sheppard   

Forms of Human Trafficking

Forms of Human Trafficking

The Society of the Sacred Heart is involved with the work of raising awareness of Trafficking of Humans. We have members belonging to ANZRATH (Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). Another excellent, pro-active organisation, Stop the Traffik offers an in depth understanding of the many forms of trafficking existing in every corner of our world. Sexual exploitation, Labour exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, organ harvesting, drug trade, child soldiers… We invite you to visit these websites and learn more about the horrendous activities that are happening close to home. Know how to recognise the insidious signs and how to

RSCJ Provincials Meet in France

RSCJ Provincials Meet in France

Sr Lynette Toohey, Provincial of the Australia – New Zealand Province, will leave on Sept 11 for Joigny, France, the birth place of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, to join eight other RSCJ who have recently been appointed to Provincial Leadership in their respective provinces. Their intensive programme will run for 10 days. “Please keep me in your prayers during this time. I trust that it will be a time rich in learning, relationships and steeped in Sophie’s spirit. Be assured that I will hold each one of you very especially in my prayer and heart as we gather in Sophie’s birthplace and hometown.” – Lynette We farewell Lynette with our

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

RSCJ Gather to Discover New Ways of Organising Ourselves

Nineteen RSCJ from ANZ arrived at St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills on 1 August 2017, together with Sister Margaret Endicott RSM, our facilitator. This has been the place where we have met for a number of years. The warmth of hospitality gives a sense of homecoming. Lynette led us in prayer to open the gathering, focussing on the calls of the General Chapter 2016. Our facilitator, Sister Margaret Endicott RSM had prepared for each one of us what might be called a guidebook for the pilgrim. That was the theme of the days, as we embarked on the facilitated process of discernment about our future. The opening words of the guidebook

A REFLECTION ON THE VOWS

A REFLECTION ON THE VOWS

The students at Kincoppal-Rose Bay celebrate Sacred Heart Day on a date that fits in with the school calendar as often the feast occurs it the holidays.  The two or three occasions when it does coincide the RSCJ in Sydney have attended the Mass and renewed their vows.  This was greatly appreciated by both staff and the students old enough to understand.  This year as Sacred Heart Day was celebrated before the feast I was asked at the Mass to say something about the vows in place of an actual renewal.  I wanted to share with you what I, representing the RSCJ, offered in few words as an understanding of